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Juvenile Ostriches "Butchered" for Hermès, Prada Bags, Says PETA

The secret side of luxury ostrich handbags has been revealed in a haunting new video by PETA. Shot in South African slaughterhouses, the film shows the grim lives of newly hatched…

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H&M, M&S Not Fulfilling "Living Wage" Promises, Says New Report

H&M and Marks & Spencer can ballyhoo their stances on ethical sourcing all they want, but not everyone is buying it. Among the skeptics? Labour Behind the Label, a…

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Don't Fall for Cheap, Trendy E-Tailers That Advertise on Facebook

Photo by Shutterstock My Dad is full of aphorisms. One of his favorites? If you pay peanuts, don’t be surprised if you get monkeys. Nowhere does this hold more true than with the…

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Fire at H&M Factory in Bangladesh Reveals Industry Failings

Photo by Vytautas Kielaitis/Shutterstock At least four people were injured on Tuesday morning after a fire broke out at one of H&M’s supplier factories in the Gazipur…

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Three Years Later, Victims of Bangladesh Factory Fire Still Await Walmart Compensation

Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters In November 2012, five months before Rana Plaza became a rallying cry for garment workers’ rights in Bangladesh, Tazreen Fashions was the site of…

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Toxic Chemicals Linger in Clothing—Even Organic-Cotton Ones

Photo by Shutterstock Our clothing is crawling with hinky chemicals. Some slough off in the wash, eventually entering—and later polluting—aquatic environments. Others, a new study…

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Fire Retardants Might Be Entering Your Body Through Your Nail Polish

Photo by Shutterstock A new study from Duke University and the Environmental Working Group has revealed the presence of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in popular nail polishes.…

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Your Favorite Wrinkle Cream Might be Raising Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Photo by Shutterstock America’s obsession with youth has consumers crazed for anti-aging products, but new studies reveal what could be slowing down your wrinkles, could be linked to…

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10 Ways H&M Is Spinning the Facts on Worker Safety in Bangladesh

Photo by pio3/Shutterstock 1. “[W]e are only producing in factories that meet the accord requirements for operation and we have taken the required measurements.” Meeting the accord…

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H&M "Dramatically" Lagging Behind in Bangladesh Fire, Safety Repairs

Photo by Toni Genes/Shutterstock Two years after the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of apparel manufacturing, H&M is “dramatically” lagging behind on…

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Why is "Vegan" Ellen Degeneres Selling Leather Shoes?

Photo by Jaguar PS/Shutterstock Ellen Degeneres is facing a maelstrom of criticism after the talkshow host—and self-professed vegan—launched a fashion line that includes leather and…

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Mulberry Slammed for Alleged Worker Abuse at Turkish Factory

Turkish workers and their allies are launching a series of protests against Mulberry after the British bag-maker allegedly failed to protect the rights of the staff at SF Leather,a…

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JCPenney Takes on "Fast Fashion" With New "Belle + Sky" Apparel Label

Photo by dcwcreations/Shutterstock In today’s edition of Things You Neither Wanted Nor Asked For: JCPenney is launching a new apparel label designed to go head-to-head with the…

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Nearly Half a Million Children Toil in India's Cottonseed Fields

A new report by the Stop Child Labour Coalition and the India Committee of the Netherlands has revealed that 60 percent of cotton seed farm laborers in India are children. Appropriately…

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Farmer Suicides in India Continue to Soar, So Thanks, Monsanto

Photo by 360b/Shutterstock In India, suicides are a well-known, if unwelcome, phenomenon. The worst of it happens in the rural parts of the country, where a 2011 census revealed that…

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PETA Slams Gap for Allegedly Selling Fur Through Its Intermix Brand

Gap isn’t as fur-free as it claims to be, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The animal-rights group has dispatched a cease-and-a-desist letter to the…

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Shoe Factory Collapses in Eastern China, Killing 14 People

Photos by the Associated Press A four-story shoe factory in eastern China collapsed over the weekend, killing 14 people and injuring 33 others in the Zhejiang province city of Wenling,…

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Walmart's Website Chock-Full of Deceptive "Made in U.S.A." Claims

Photo by Gil C/Shutterstock Walmart has pledged billions of dollars in support of American manufacturing, yet it’s hawking foreign-produced products as U.S.A.-made, according to…

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